The Apogee Duet 2 Breakout Box has 2 ¼ inputs for instruments, 2 XLR microphone inputs, and 2 XLR outputs. This interface is very inexpensive and could be used as a main portable set up for the roadie! This box is built to last a long time, it is made out of aluminum and will not scratch easy either.
One of the things about this unit that left me wondering what Apogee was thinking is that they put the I/O on the front of the device. So that means when it is sitting on your desk you have the cable right in front of you connected instead of on the back where it wouldn’t have mattered. This really isn’t an issue it is more about personal preference but I just don’t see why they did that.
Also, this box is only about 1.5 to 2.0” deep (depth) and when you start have your XLR cables plug into the back of it and even some ¼ cables on the back it will cause the Breakout Box to start to tip over and become heavy on the back side so the front of it will lean up. This is also something that they should have thought about before manufacturing this unit to sell.
It does work great and is made to last, but they cables should have been more thought out and with the depth of the unit they should have done something to fix that issue. I also feel like when purchasing the Apogee Duet that the breakout box should be included with it because the Duet is very expensive. This unit is not a “must” have but it is very helpful to have. It should have been included with the Duet though, why not it is only a hundred dollars? If you are a Duet user I suggest getting this to make your switch outs and changing your I/O’s a lot easier.